Current Member Spotlight

The Climate Smart Agriculture Youth Network (CSAYN) consists of volunteers (based in 12 sub-Saharan African countries, Canada, Myanmar) who promote and strengthen climate smart agriculture among youth. CSAYN is connected through an online platform enabling members to share information and research and seek advice on the implementation of their practical projects that are connected to Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) and the environment. CSAYN is working with the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture to highlight youth issues across the alliance. The main objective of the CSAYN is to create awareness, sensitize and build the productive capacity of young people and people leaving with disabilities on CSA issues as related to climate change adaptation and mitigation, and increasing food productivity in a sustainable manner. 

CSAYN Goals

 

  • Increased understanding of CSA and the crucial role of youth in promoting CSA.
  • CSA is integrated in educational systems (inter alia schools, colleges and clubs) through activities in local gardens, farms and forests gardening, also potential activities within forestry and fisheries industries;
  • Development of CSA country- specific reports on activities and recommendations;
  • Increased awareness-raising of youth and people with disabilities on CSA issues.

 

CSAYN Mission

 

  • Empower youth with CSA knowledge, enabling them to incorporate sustainability in their decisions in agriculture.
  • Create dialogue on the threats and opportunities of climate change and agriculture.
  • Raise awareness among youth of the contributions they can make in the agriculture sector for a better future, especially through the application of climate-smart practices in both agriculture and forestry. 

 

CSAYN Target

 

  • Youth aged 15- 35 in rural and urban areas
  • Educational institutions, relevant government ministries

 

CSAYN Activities and Expected Results

 

  • Establish CSA national forums aimed at lobbying for youth engagement in CSA related initiatives in their countries.
  • Organize bi-annual youth conferences on CSA for national forums and their members to share their experience and learn from others experience.
  • Create a social media presence and an online database to share information and current findings on CSA, nationally and globally.
  • Represent and showcase youth engagement in CSA in different regional and global forums.
  • Design farmer field schools to enable famers to share their field experiences with each other. 

Previous Member Spotlight


Cornell University’s Climate Smart Farming Program, Extension Team & Decision Support Tools

The Cornell Climate Smart Farming (CSF) Program was established in 2015 by the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart Solutions (CICSS), in Ithaca, NY. As a member of GACSA, Cornell University is committed to sharing the information, tools, and resources it is developing to help farmers in the Northeastern United States and globally to become more resilient to extreme weather and climate variability, and reduce their impact on climate change. 

 

Cornell has developed a new set of climate and agriculture decision support tools for farmers and other stakeholders to use to make more informed decisions. The CSF tools combine long term climate data with agricultural models, and are updated on a daily basis to provide farmers with accurate short-term projections. New tools that have been developed include a Growing Degree Day Calculator, Freeze Risk Tools for apples and grapes, and a new Water Deficit Calculator – with plans for other tools in development. The CSF program collaborated heavily with the Northeast Regional Climate Center (NRCC) at Cornell, which is supported by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

 

CICSS has also established the first Climate Smart Farming Extension team in the United States, within the extension system in New York. With over a hundred agricultural extension specialists across the state that work with the university to translate research for farmers, the new CSF Extension team represents six of these agricultural specialists that are committed to work specifically on climate change. The CSF team works with farmers on important crops such as grains, vegetables, dairy and livestock, grapes and fruit - but they are incorporating climate change messages and practices into their existing extension programming. The CSF team could serve a model of successful extension programming around the globe. CICSS also recently ran a 6-week Climate Smart Farming Online Course with the Cornell Small Farms Program for 42 new farmers. For information on any of these initiatives, contact Allison Chatrchyan at amc256@cornell.edu.